Van Halst are a band from Alberta, Canada that plays a mixture of melodic hard rock and gothic metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "World of Make Believe".
A very dark atmosphere starts off the album along with some tribal beats a few seconds later that also leads up to a heavier musical direction along with some clean singing female vocals and you can hear a lot of hard rock elements in the bands musical style while the screams and growls add in a touch of death and black metal.
back up gang shouts can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and synths along with elements of goth can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and some songs bring in a small amount of spoken word samples while other tracks bring in elements of electronic music and as the album progresses there is a great amount of acoustic guitars and all of the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction.
Van Halst plays a musical style that takes goth metal and mainstream rock and mixes it in with elements of black and death metal to create a style of their own, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover feminism themes.
In my opinion Van Halst are a very great sounding mixture of goth metal and hard rock with a touch of death and black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Save Me" "Questions" "Monster" and "perfect Storm". 8 out of 10.